SWR observes World Environment Day

HUBBALI: South Western Railway observed World Environment day on 05th June, 2017. A.K. Gupta, General Manager of South Western Railway administered World Environment Day pledge to the Officers and staff. A skit on importance of conservation of Environment was presented by the staff of Hubballi Workshop. Tree Plantation programme was also conducted. Officers and staff planted around 100 saplings in Rail Soudha Premises. A Press Conference was also conducted on the occasion to brief about various green initiatives being undertaken by SWR.

A.K. Gupta said that this year’s theme for world environment day is “connecting people to nature in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator” and Railway has set the goals to provide clean and hygienic environment to its customers, to promote energy conservation measures, to maximize use of renewable energy sources, to promote conservation of water and to expand green cover.

A.K. Gupta briefed about major Steps taken by SWR during last year towards Conservation of Environment. He said that Environment and House Keeping Management wing has been set up at SWR Headquarters and the two Divisions of Hubballi and Bengaluru. Electrification has been sanctioned in 1120 kms in one single budget 2017-18. On Board Housekeeping Service have been expanded in a big way.

A.K. Gupta has told that SWR is earnestly pursuing renewable energy in the interest of greener planet. Some of the initiatives are:

Harnessing Solar and Wind energy: 165 KWp (100 KWp + 45 KWp +20 KWp) solar modules have been provided recently at the following locations:

  • 100 KWp Solar plant installed at SWR Head Quarters – “RAIL SOUDHA” in Hubballi and 25% of energy requirement of “Rail Soudha” is being met by Solar Plant.
  • 45 KWp Solar plant at Hubballi Workshop.
  • 20 KWp Solar plant at Divisional Railway Manager’s Office, Bengaluru.
  • Total 165 KWp Green Energy of 2.5 Lakh Units year, saving Rs. 18.5 Lakhs. /annum approx.

10 KWp Solar Plant at MEMU Shed/Banaswadi. (Under Testing)

  • 5 KWp Wind-mill Plant at MEMU Shed/Banaswadi.

Solar panels have been provided at 19 Stations and 117 Level Crossing gates .

  • Four Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) executed for Roof Top Solar Energy on Developer mode .
  • Total 4.5 MWP solar power is further planned to be generated in 2017-18 .
  • Annual generation through Mission Solar would be ~ 6.75 Million Units that results in Saving of Rs. 1.39 Crore/ annum approx.

GREEN CERTIFICATION:

  • Greenco Certification is being sought for Hubballi Workshop and Mysuru Workshop.
  • Green Gold Rating for Rail Soudha building is being sought.
  • Green building certification is being sought for STC/Bengaluru, Central Hospital, Hubballi, and Railway Stations of Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hubballi.

Tree Plantation

  • 3.68 Lakh tree saplings were planted in last 3 years.
  • Memorandum was signed with Forest Department in 10 Districts of Karnataka for mass plantation of trees.
  • Railway Board has set the target of 10,00,000 trees to be planted on SWR during 2017-18.
  • Mass tree plantation of 2000 trees is planned in Railway land at Devaragudihal lake, 10 Kms. Away from Hubballi Railway Station during this monsoon.

Water Harvesting & Recycling:

  • Water Recycling Plants (WRP) are functional at Bangalore and Yesvantpur
  • New Water Harvesting Plant of 2 KL capacity per day at Mysore is under commissioning and one more Water Recycling Plant of 50,000 Ltrs. Capacity is under construction at Hubballi .
  • Rain Water Harvesting works commissioned at 97 stations and at Rail Soudha/ SWR Headquarters.

Waste to Energy Plant

  • A waste to energy plant is planned at Bengaluru that would be operated on solid organic waste for generating bio-gas.

100% LED fittings

  • 25 stations of Karnataka have been provided with 100 % LED fittings as a measure of energy conservation.

Mechanized Cleaning of Coaches & stations:

  • Railways have adopted Mechanised Cleaning of coaches and Stations.

On Board Housekeeping Services (OBHS) :

  • In order to improve the cleanliness of long distance Mail/Express trains during the run, OBHS has been implemented wherein coach toilets, doorways, aisles and passenger compartments are cleaned by OBHS staff.
  • 46 trains identified in the jurisdiction of Karnataka state have been provided with OBHS.
  • SMS based passenger complaint redressal system of ‘RAIL MITRA’ has been introduced in these 46 trains.
  • The passengers can get the coaches cleaned by sending an SMS to helpline number 58888.

Bio Toilets in Coaches:

  • Introduced by Indian Railways in a move to improve cleanliness on tracks and at Railway stations.
  • 1204 Coaches running in Karnataka as provided with 4159 Bio Toilets so far.
  • 5 Mail/Express trains originating from Karnataka are running with 100 percent Bio Toilet coaches.
  • 40 % of coaches of trains originating from Karnataka have been provided with bio toilets.
  • 3000 bio-toilets will be fitted during 2017-18 and all trains will be fully covered by 2019.

Clean Train Station:

  • Hubballi Station has been nominated as Clean Train Station on SWR.
  • The cleaning activity has been outsourced and on an average 111 coaches are cleaned per day at Hubballi station.

During the Press Conference, A.K. Gupta has clarified that On Board Housekeeping Services cover all coaches of trains (excluding General Coaches as there are no interconnecting vestibules) and are not limited to Air Conditioned Coaches only. It is replied to one question that by plantation near water sources, survival percentages is being improved. In order to improve cleanliness dustbins of sturdy designs are being provided in sleeper coaches also and the same will be extended to General Coaches.

In his address, A.K. Gupta has informed that Science Express-Climate Action Special will in White field (06th-08th June, 2017) and Kengeri (09th-11th June, 2017).

On this occasion, a CD of Video films prepared by South Western Railway on “Cleanliness in Railways” has been released. These videos will be displayed in Railway stations to educate Public on the importance of keeping Railway Stations and trains clean. A Booklet named “ Railway-An active partner in development of Karnataka” has been released with details of inputs given by Railway in the state of Karnataka.

South Western Railway has sought the co-operation of passengers in its efforts for maintaining cleanliness at stations and trains and in disposing waste materials in segregated dustbins at stations.

P.A.Lamghare, Additional General Manager; G.J. Prasad, Chief Operations Manager; K. Sivaprasad, Chief Commercial Manager; K.J.S. Kalra, Principal Chief Engineer; Rajeev Kumar, Chief Electrical Engineer and other Officers were also present.

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